June 1, 2011: Comcast SportsNet and Washington Kastles Announce Partnership

June 1, 2011: Comcast SportsNet and Washington Kastles Announce Partnership
June 1, 2011, 5:13 pm
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Bethesda,Md. (June 1, 2011) Comcast SportsNet, the regions leadingsource for multiplatform sports coverage, and the Washington Kastles of WorldTeamTennis (WTT) announced a comprehensive new partnership that makes ComcastSportsNet the official sports network of the Kastles. As part of the deal,Comcast SportsNet will televise six live Kastles matches this season, beginningon July 5, and provide expanded tennis coverage throughout the season.Inaddition to the schedule of live tennis which will also feature twoadditional WTT matches, including the league finals Comcast SportsNetsexpanded Kastles coverage will include team features and appearances during thenetworks daily news and entertainment programming, a dedicated Kastles teampage on CSNwashington.comand several airings of Keys to the Kastles season preview show, which debutson Saturday, June 4, at 10:30 a.m. The network will also highlight fancontests, special events and other Kastles information on-air and onlinethroughout the season. Weare excited to enhance our coverage of the Kastles and World TeamTennis with anexpanded partnership that will bring quality tennis coverage to our network,said Comcast SportsNet Senior Vice President and General Manager RebeccaSchulte. The Kastles provide an exciting sports experience and we look forwardto delivering their product throughout the region this summer. They are a greatorganization that is now firmly established in the region with world-classplayers and very passionate fans.Weare proud of our expanded partnership with Comcast SportsNet, said team owner Mark Ein. Comcast SportsNet is a great partner andthis broad slate of broadcasts reflects enthusiasm for the Kastles and showsthat World TeamTennis has become an important part of the Washington, D.C.,sports community. Their broad reach, excellence in live production, analysisand studio coverage make them the perfect network to broadcast the Kastles toour fans all across the Washingtonregion. ComcastSportsNets live coverage of the Kastles begins with a series of three matchesin three nights to open the season. First, Venus Williams and the Kastles openbrand-new Kastles Stadium at The Wharf against the defending WTT championKansas City Explorers on July 5 at 7 p.m., followed by Venus and the Kastlestrip to Philadelphiathe next night, July 6 at 7 p.m. to face the Freedoms. The Kastles then returnhome and welcome Serena Williams back for the 2011 season on July 7 at 7 p.m.against the Boston Lobsters. Weektwo of the season features the Kastles and the hottest rivalry in WTT onComcast SportsNet when John McEnroe and the New York Sportimes make theirannual trip to Kastles Stadium on July 12. The July 14 broadcast features Top20-ranked Sam Querreys debut as a Kastle in Washington against the Springfield Lasers. TheKastles television schedule concludes on July 20 live from New York as they take on the Sportimes with Kim Clijsters and MartinaHingis playing together for the first time in New York. Everymatch matters in a 14-match season and our partnership with Comcast SportsNetmeans that Kastles fans will be able to follow the team every step of the waytoward what we hope will be our second league championship in three years,continued Ein. We love giving our fans -- the greatest fans in WorldTeamTennis -- another way to see the season unfold as it happens. TheKastles and Comcast SportsNet will host a joint kick-off event this tonight(June 1) at Redwood at Bethesda Row from 6-8 p.m. The event, which will featureprizes, food and drink and is open to the public, will feature Ein and ComcastSportsNets Russ Thaler and Ivan Carter.
Comcast SportsNet 2011 WTTKastlesTelevision Schedule:
DATE TIME OPPONENTTue, July5 7 p.m. Kansas City at Kastles Wed, July 6 7p.m. Kastles at Philadelphia Thu, July 7 7 p.m. Boston at Kastles Tue, July 12 7p.m. New York at Kastles Wed, July 13 7 p.m. New York at PhiladelphiaThu, July 14 7p.m. Springfield at Kastles Wed, July 20 7p.m. Kastles at New York Sun, July 25 5 p.m. WTT Finals www.CSNwashington.comwww.CSNbaltimore.com